Good lighting; a simple way of improving your home

Good lighting; a simple way of improving your home

In the current economic environment upgrading your property or making even a few renovations may be too expensive; for a quick, easy and cost effective alternative consider changing the lighting in your home.

"Minor touches to a home can be the difference between an ordinary house and a personalised, beautiful home," says Craig Deats, Managing Executive of the oobacard. "Lighting is one of the ways in which home owners can make a transformation without breaking the bank or having to move out of their homes for weeks on end."

ooba credit card has recently partnered with The Lighting Warehouse to give their card holders a 10% discount off lighting products, from energy saving globes to double volume crystal chandeliers.

Good lighting creates the illusion of space in smaller areas due to its reflective value.

"Dark colours absorb light and shrink already small areas," says Deats. "One light bulb hanging from the ceiling is not considered sufficient lighting; there should be multiple points of light throughout the room.

"You can use a mixture of lights such as downlighters, standing and desk lamps which will brighten up the room and bounce different waves of light off different surfaces," says Deats.

Lighting can also serve to highlight certain areas in the home such as a particular picture and remove the attention from another. A well-lit exterior is also an effective security measure as potential intruders are less likely break in if there is more chance that they can been seen clearly.

Good lighting not only has aesthetic benefits but also health benefits. Well-lit homes have been proved to physically improve people's mood as well as making them more energetic and light-hearted.

"Never watch TV or work at your computer in complete darkness," warns Deats. "Many people make the mistake of trying to create an 'atmosphere' by watching TV in complete darkness not realising the damage it is doing to their eyes."

Having illumination when watching TV or working on a computer results in less eye strain and less blinking.

Finally, Deats suggests buying low energy light bulbs which use up to 20% less energy saving on your electricity bills as well as reducing your carbon footprint.

The oobacard is exclusively available to oobabond customers. Other oobacard partners include: ADT Security, House of Paint, Pickfords Removals, SA Paving, Water Comfort, Weylandts, Glasfit, Mr Price Home, MWeb, Wonder Flooring and Natural Stone Warehouse.

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